By Francisco Salazar
Anaheim, California - 2000 United States Olympian Ricardo Williams scored a shocking fifth round stoppage over previously-unbeaten Luis Ramos at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim, CA. After a competitive first round, Ramos dropped Williams with a left hand to the head. Both fighters had their moments in the next two rounds as the ebb and flow brought the crowd to their feet at times. Ramos (23-1, 10 KOs) attacked the body of Williams, hoping to slow the legs of the 32 year old.
Williams (21-3, 10 KOs) was able to land lead or counter left hands to the head. In the controversial fifth, Ramos was cut over his left eye because of an accidental headbutt. Later in the round, Ramos looked was cut over the right eye by what looked by a Williams left hand. After the round ended, the ringside physician recommended for referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the fight. At the time of the stoppage, Ramos was up on two scorecards, 48-46, while the third judge, and Boxingscene, had the fight scored 47-47.
2012 United States Olympian Jamel Herring won his professional debut, defeating Jose Valderrama (3-3, 3 KOs) by a four round unanimous decision. Herring utilized his speed and better accuracy to outland Valderrama. All three judges scored the fight 40-36.
Bantamweight and three-time United States Olympian Rau'Shee Warren won a four round unanimous decision over David Reyes. Both Warren (2-0) and Reyes had their moments in the first round, landing at will. However, the southpaw Warren won most of the exchanges the rest of the way, continuously beating Reyes to the punch with right hooks to the head. As Reyes (2-3-1) moved forward to throw, Warren landed wild, but effective punches to the head. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Warren, 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Junior middleweight Jermall Charlo stopped Edgar Perez after the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The physically taller and stronger Charlo (10-0, 6 KOs) had his way with Perez, landing at will to the head and body. Perez threw combinations in spurts, but his punches had little effect on Charlo. Perez's face began to redden and swell under his eyes in the fourth round. After the round, Perez's corner told referee Thomas Taylor to stop, saving their fighter from further punishment.
Light heavyweight Thomas Williams stopped Ricardo Campillo in the fifth round of a six round bout. The southpaw Williams (11-0, 8 KOs) fought from the center of the ring and was quicker to the punch than Campillo. Williams landed at will, while the limited Campillo rarely landed anything flush. As the bout progressed, Campillo (7-5-1, 5 KOs) tried loading to throw and land one punch. He did find some success, but left himself opened to get countered, which is what Williams did in the fifth. Williams stunned Campillo with a two-punch combination, backing him up to the ropes. He hurt Campillo with a right hook, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to step in and stop the fight at 1:19.
Junior lightweight Erick Ituarte stopped Noe Lucas in the fourth and final round. Ituarte (4-0, 1 KO) was mostly in control of the fight, save for a few counter right hands Lucas would land. In the fourth round, Ituarte stunned Lucas with a barrage of punches. Ituarte followed up until referee Thomas Taylor stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:48. Lucas was making his professional debut.
Heavyweight Gerald Washington (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 23 seconds to knock out Marcus Washington. A left hook by Gerald to the head dropped Marcus hard to the canvas. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. immediately stopped the fight. Marcus Washington drops to 1-1, 1 KO.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Promotions card, lightweight Robert Easter (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out David Castillo in the first round. A body shot from Easter dropped Castillo (3-5) and referee Tom Taylor counted him out at 1:43